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    2009 Kanto University Championship

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 May 2日 Saturday

    The 2009 Kanto University Ice Hockey Championships (aka 58th Chichibunomiya Cup) concluded on 29 April with the bronze medal game and the finals held at Dydo Drinco Ice Arena in Higashifushimi, Tokyo.

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    The Rabbits no more at Higashifushimi. But the White Bears junior teams are prominent, and that’s kind of fitting since the Seibu Railway team that occupied Higashifushimi before their merger with Kokudo was the White Bears.

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    This championship is a knockout tournament with placement games.

    The first game was the third place match between Hosei University and Meiji University.

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    Meiji looking funky in their throwback-ish uniform. The game was no contest though, as Hosei took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, then never looked back on their way to a comfortable 5-2 victory.

    And the feature game of the day was the finals between Waseda University and Toyo University, powerhouse Japanese university teams.

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    Waseda players start to warm up on the ice while Meiji and Hosei players were still on their way off. There was no Zamboni between the previous game and the next game’s practice, as the schedule was pretty tightly packed. The Zamboni came on after the pre-game practice though.

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    Waseda’s #21 Shuhei Kuji who was heads and shoulders above the other players on the ice, as he singlehandedly scored Waseda’s first goal by dancing through the Toyo defence from the blue line before cleanly beating the goalie to score unassisted. Kuji has already played and has scored for the senior national team, and it shows, he’s got quick hands and feet. Hopefully his growth as a player won’t be stunted in the near future.

    Waseda looks like Harvard (no surprise as a self-professed Japanese Ivy) and Toyo’s looking NY Rangers. The standing room only crowd was much larger than at most Asia League games.

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    Kuji also scored Waseda’s only other goal in the game, but as teams Toyo was far superior and the game ended 6-2 for Toyo with an empty netter.

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    Congratulations Toyo University, the 2009 Kanto champions!

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    Cranes Win! Seibu goes into history

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 26日 Thursday

    Monday 23 March 2009, Higashifushimi, Tokyo.

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    Game 7 of the 2009 Asia League Ice Hockey Finals. The full house witnessed history.

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    This was going to be the final game for the Seibu Prince Rabbits (formerly Kokudo and Seibu Railway hockey teams) no matter the team won or lost against the Nippon Paper Cranes. The two teams have been waging an epic battle for the championship with Seibu coming back from being down 1-3 in the series to force the deciding game.

    In fact, the Cranes themselves came back from being down 2-3 in their semifinals against Anyang Halla of Korea to reach the finals, and before that they dispatched the other Korean team in the league, High1, in the play-in round of the playoffs with a 2 game sweep (best of 3). Meanwhile, Seibu swept the semifinals against the Oji Eagles, but all games were decided by a 1 goal margin (excluding the empty netters).

    Game 7 started off quickly, like Game 6, on a Cranes goal as Darcy Mitani opened the game in the 4th minute with a power play tally. But unlike Game 6, the first period did not turn into a wild goalfest, and both teams played solidly, though not without chances.

    Crane (and former Seibu/Kokudo) Chris Yule sitting alone in the Cranes bench after the first period.

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    The Cranes added 2 more goals in the 2nd period and seemingly already wrote the end of the history for the Seibu hockey club. But captain Takahito Suzuki came out huge for Seibu as he scored with 4 seconds left in the period assisted by retiring Kiyoshi Fujita (thanks Ryan! you were the best player in the league for a long time, Theo Fleury of Japan in the best sense, and lots of fun to watch, you’ll be missed) and Daisuke Obara. This was a huge goal as going into the second intermission being 2 goals or 3 goals down makes a massive difference to team morale. 

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    In the third period, Seibu continued to pressure and kept on peppering the Cranes net with shots but Cranes goalie Hisashi Ishikawa totally stood on his head as he saved 54 of 56 shots (!) on net to earn the victory and championship for the Cranes.

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    Congratulations, the 2009 champion Cranes! And thank you Seibu for all the memories! (and hopefully the team will survive in one form or another and elite level hockey will be played in Tokyo next season.)

    Playoff MVP Hisashi Ishikawa who backstopped the Cranes to the championship capped off by his herculean efforts in Game 7. Ishikawa played 14 of the Cranes 16 playoff games, and was a well deserving recepient of the award.

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    Joel Dyck Oshiro holding up the AL Championship trophy properly (that is, sideways)

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    More random photos and videos from the game follows this break:

    Read the rest of this entry »

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    2009 All Japan Championship

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 February 14日 Saturday

    The 76th edition of the All Japan Ice Hockey Championships are going on right now in Yokohama and Higashifushimi with the latter being the main venue. The quarterfinals featured 4 university teams against the seeded Asia League teams with Kansai U and Meiji U putting up the best results with 2 goal losses.

    You’ll be able to find the results on this page
    http://www.jihf.or.jp/jihf/data/schedule.php?id=160

    Team pages should have some sort of updates as well

    http://www.icebucks.jp/

    http://www.ojipaper.co.jp/hockey/

    http://www.np-g.com/cranes/

    http://www1.princehotels.co.jp/icehockey/


    You can run them through google translate and probably get somewhat of coherent results.
    http://translate.google.co.jp/

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    KHL オールスター他

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 27日 Saturday

    1月10日にモスクワの赤の広場で開催される、KHL の屋外オールスターゲーム(粋ですね!)のファン投票チームが発表されました。元NHL 選手の名が結構見られます(といっても、ロシアの経済事情だと来年何人残っているのか分かりませんが…年俸全30%減の話が浮上してたらしいのですが、新しく結成されたKHL 選手会の反対で実現しなかったそうです)。ちなみにオールスターチームは外国籍選手のチーム・ヤーガー対ロシア籍選手のチーム・ヤシンで、もちろん彼らスーパースターは投票の対象から外されてましたw

    Team Jagr

      GOALTENDERS: Robert Esche (SKA St. Petersburg) 32,712. Ray Emery (Atlant Mytishchi) 24,160. Rostislav Stana (Severstal Cherepovets) 3,500.
      DEFENSEMEN: Ray Giroux (SKA) 28,548. Kevin Dallman (Barys Astana) 26,869. Ben Clymer (Dinamo Minsk) 24,161. Magnus Johansson (Atlant) 11,353. Karel Rachunek(Dinamo Moscow) 10,707. Mark Popovic (SKA) 9,426. Miroslav Blatak (Salavat Yulaev Ufa) 9,323. Rodrigo Lavins (Dinamo Riga) 6,275. Filip Novak (Dinamo Riga) 6,226. Joel Kwiatkowski (Severstal) 2,197.
      FORWARDS: Pavel Brendl (Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod) 41,570. Tony Martensson (Ak Bars Kazan) 35,266. Jan Marek (Metallurg Magnitogorsk) 34,032. Oleg Antonenko (HK MVD Balashikha) 31,167. Alexei Kalyuzhny (Dinamo Moscow) 30,620. Nils Ekman (SKA) 18,159.Jaromir Jagr (Avangard Omsk) excluded from ballot. Marcel Hossa (Dinamo Riga) excl.Jakub Klepis (Avangard) excl.

    Team Yashin

      GOALTENDERS: Alexander Eremenko (Salavat) 18,738. 2. Konstantin Barulin (CSKA Moscow) 8,227. Georgi Gelashvili (Traktor Chelyabinsk) 6,429. Maksim Sokolov (Metallurg Novokuznetsk) 4,845.
      DEFENSEMEN: Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars) 24,854. Vitaly Proshkin (Salavat) 23,026.Konstantin Korneev (CSKA) 19,936. Igor Schadilov (Salavat) 17,886. Kirill Koltsov(Salavat) 12,369. Darius Kasparaitis (SKA) 9,649. Vitaly Atyushov (Metallurg Mg) 8,486.Alexei Zhitnik (Dinamo Moscow) 7,490. Alexander Guskov (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) 6,778.Dmitri Yushkevich (Sibir Novosibirsk) 5,461.
      FORWARDS: Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars) 44,549. Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars) 37,279. Maksim Sushinsky (SKA) 25,839. Alexander Radulov (Salavat) 23,652. Alexander Perezhogin(Salavat) 23,106. Sergei Brylin (SKA) 12,806. Alexei Tereschenko (Salavat) 11,762. Alexei Yashin (Lokomotiv) excluded from ballot. Andrei Nikolishin (Traktor) excl. Alexei Kudashov (Lokomotiv) excl.

    カナダ・オタワではU20 のジュニア世界選手権(早速5連覇を目指しているカナダがチェコ相手に8-1の大勝)、スイスのダボスでは伝統のスペングラー杯が共に幕開けして、年末にも盛り上がっている海外のホッケー界です、是非とも日本とアジアにもおすそ分けしてほしいですね(アジアシリーズの札幌クリスマスゲームズの満員御礼は嬉しかったのですが)。

    ジュニア選手権前の強化試合でのJohn Tavares (来年のNHL ドラフト1位指名ほぼ確定)のスーパーゴール:

    ついでにロシアが無敗で独走してるEuro Hockey Tour (参加国はチェコ、スウェーデンと、フィンランド、各国で持ち回りのグループ試合を行う)のハイライト。世界チャンピオンのロシア、強いです:

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    76th All Japan Championships

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 December 1日 Monday

    The 2009 edition of the All Japan Ice Hockey Championships will take place in Yokohama (preliminaries) and Tokyo (preliminaries and final tournament) in February 2009.

    Date: 9 (Mon) ~ 15 (Sun) February 2009

    Location: Yokohama (Shin-Yokohama Skate Center), Tokyo (DyDo Drinco Ice Arena, Higashifushimi)

    It’s a knockoff tournament and the preliminaries will take place in both Yokohama and Tokyo from the 9th to the 12th.

    2.13(Fri) Quarterfinals – The 4 Asia League teams enter the tournament here as seeded teams

    2 games each at Higashifushimi and Shin-Yokohama

    2.14(Sat) Semifinals

    2 games at Higashifushimi, Tokyo

    2.15(Sun) Finals/3rd place game

    2 games at Higashifushimi, Tokyo

    Since the tournament starts off with regional, university, and high school champion teams, it’s a great opportunity to see grassroots amateur Japanese hockey in Tokyo. The Shin-Yokohama venue is at the Shin-Yokohama station (it’s the Shin-Yokohama Skate Center, NOT the Yokohama Arena).

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    Kazumasa Sasaki and the Japan U20 Team

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 30日 Sunday

    The JIHF announced their U20 team for the upcoming U20 Div II Group A tournament in Romania in mid-December against Korea, Serbia, Belgium, Lithuania, and hosts Romania.

    All but one of the players on the Japanese U20 team are first year university players. The lone exception is Kazumasa Sasaki who is an Asia League Oji Eagles player on a (probably) one year assignment in Swedish Division I with Östersund Hockey, and he is proving himself to be a useful player scoring 6+4=10 from the blueline in 16 games at the tender age of 18.

    Sasaki has yet to play a game for the strong Eagles side, but I expect him to be back with his Japanese team next season as this season in Sweden is probably all expenses paid training by Oji (similar situation to many Japanese players in the past, including Masahito Nishiwaki with the ECHL Dayton Bombers last season. Japanese players truly testing and developing their talents overseas at the pro level can sadly be counted on one hand… Yutaka Fukufuji and Kazuma Takahashi, both in the ECHL, and maybe CHL overager Takuma Kawai.) Only playing one season overseas almost seems like a waste of resources as the player just gets acclimatized to their new environment when they get called back to Japan, shame. But financial security of playing in Japan is just too comforting and secure to get more players to truly challenge themselves and develop overseas long term..

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    63rd All-Korea Ice Hockey Championships Finals

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 10日 Monday

    The 63rd All-Korea Ice Hockey Championship concluded in Seoul last week with the semifinals and the final after playing its group round the previous week.

    Semifinals (2008.11.6)

    14:30 High1 4 (0-0, 3-3, 1-0) 3 Korea U

    17:30 Anyang Halla 3 (0-0, 3-2, 0-0) 2 Yonsei U

    Both university teams gave the pros a run for their money, but the pros managed to squeak into the finals to face each other the very next day.

    Final (2008.11.7)

    18:00 High1 3 (0-0, 1-0, 2-0) 0 Anyang Halla

    35:42 High1 Brent Gauvrearu (Ryan Haruo Kuwabara) +1
    41:30 High1 Ryan Haruo Kuwabara (Tae-An Kwon) EQ
    56:15 High1 Ryan Haruo Kuwabara (Chi-Young Benedict Song, Brent Gauvreau) +1

    High1 took home its 3rd straight All-Korea title.

    Individual awards

    MVP: Hyun-Seung Eum (High1 G)

    VP: Ho-Seung Son (Anyang Halla G)

    Fine Play: 조민호 (Korea University) and 정병천 (Yonsei University)

    Most Points: Chi-Young Benedict Song and Ryan Haruo Kuwabara (both High1 F)

    Best Coach: Hee-Woo Kim (High1)

    Best Referee: 이병철

    (I studied Korean for a bit, but I was no good at it, so I’m not going to transliterate the transliteration of Korean names into Japanese.)

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    All-Korea Championship after Group Play

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 October 31日 Friday

    63rd All-Korea Ice Hockey Championships

    Day 3 (10.30)

    High1 2 (1-0, 0-1, 1-0) 1 Yonsei U

    Anyang Halla 3 (1-1, 0-0, 2-0) 1 Korea U

    The two best college hockey teams gave the pro sides scares as both games were tied heading into their 3rd period. And Halla’s 3rd goal seems to be an empty netter, so essentially the two pro clubs barely managed 1 goal wins over university teams. The pro sides are allowed to dress imports for this championship, and by looking at the goal scorers, it seems like these games were played with full squads (though maybe not at full effort).

    Anyways, standings after the group stage:

    Group A: High1 (2-0), Yonsei U (1-1), Hanyang U (0-2)

    Group B: Anyang Halla (2-0), Korea U (1-1), Kyunghee U (0-2)

    Semifinals:

    11.6 14:30 High1 – Korea U / 17:30 Anyang Halla – Yonsei U

    Finals is on the next day.

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    All-Korea Championships after Day 2

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 October 30日 Thursday

    63rd All-Korea Ice Hockey Championships

    Day 1 (10/28)

    14:30 Hanyang U 0 (0-2, 0-2, 0-0) 4 High1

    17:30 Kyunghee U 2 (1-0, 1-3, 0-4) 7 Anyang Halla

    Kyunghee took the lead in the 13th minute, held onto it to the end of the period. Then after having the game tied up at 27:43, they came right back to retake the lead at 28:59, but then just got pummelled by the pro side Halla.

    Day 2 (10/29)

    14:30 Yonsei U 7 (3-0, 2-1, 2-0) 1 Hanyang U

    17:30 Korea U 4 (1-0, 1-0, 2-0) 0 Kyunghee U
    Standings after Day 2
    Group A: Yonsei U (1-0), High1 (1-0), Hanyang U (0-2)
    Group B: Anyang Halla (1-0), Korea U (1-0), Kyunghee U (0-2)
    Although the schedule is unfavourable, it’ll be interesting to see how the stronger university teams, Yonsei U and Korea U do against the pro clubs on the 3rd and final day of group play today.

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    Okinawa Shogaku wins it all!

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 4日 Friday

    Okinawa Shogaku high school won the Koshien Spring Invitational Tournament with a resounding 9 – 0 thumping of Seibo high school from Saitama in the tournament’s final today. This is the school’s 2nd Spring championship, they won for the first time 9 years ago. The game even featured an inside the park homerun, so it was pretty entertaining for a blowout. shogaku1.jpgThe organizing committee chairman (or someone in a similar position) droned on in his post-tournament speech, and congratulated kids from all the participating teams on a great tournament, but chided that there were too many runners being picked off and that there were too many called third strikes. Why he’s trying to dictate the style of play, I’m not sure. And I never really listen to these speeches so I was kind of surprised about how detailed he was in his talk about the tournament, surely putting anyone below the age of 50 to sleep.Anyways, congrats Okinawa Shogaku on the 2nd championship in a decade, and good luck in the Okinawan qualifiers for the summer Koshien tournament! 

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